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6 Hilarious Mystery Novels

I like funny books, but they can be so hard to find since everyone’s idea of funny is just a little bit different. For me, it’s books by authors as diverse as Terry Pratchett, David Sedaris and Sophie Kinsella.

I also like a bit of funny in with my mystery reads–it’s probably why I’ve read all of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. Her latest book, Notorious Nineteen, got me thinking about other funny mystery books and I realized that I couldn’t think of too many others that I’d read. So, after a bit of research, here are several books I will be adding to my (ever expanding) to-read pile.

 Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich

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After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Since the hospital staff’s lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it’s hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again—a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid’s dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone . . . or did they?

 The Spellman Files: Document #1 by Lisa Lutz

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Meet Isabel “Izzy” Spellman, private investigator. This twenty-eight-year-old may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism; she may be addicted to Get Smart reruns and prefer entering homes through windows rather than doors — but the upshot is she’s good at her job as a licensed private investigator with her family’s firm, Spellman Investigations. Invading people’s privacy comes naturally to Izzy. In fact, it comes naturally to all the Spellmans. If only they could leave their work at the office. To be a Spellman is to snoop on a Spellman; tail a Spellman; dig up dirt on, blackmail, and wiretap a Spellman.

The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken: Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator by Tarquin Hall

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When the father of a Pakistani star cricket player falls dead during a glamorous India Premier League dinner, clearly it isn’t just a case of Delhi Belly. But which of the VIPs at the victim’s table is responsible for poisoning the man’s butter chicken? And was the victim killed for his involvement with a gambling syndicate that controls cricket’s illegal billion-dollar betting industry? The answers seem to lie across the border in Pakistan—the one country Puri swore he would never set foot in. Or do they? For Puri’s beloved Mummy-ji, who has a unique insight into the killing, believes there is much more to this murder than meets the eye.

 Star Island by Carl Hiaasen

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Meet twenty-two-year-old Cherry Pye, a pop star since she was fourteen. Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her “undercover stunt double,” Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too “indisposed”—meaning wasted—to go out in public. And it is Ann-mistaken-for-Cherry who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott. Now the challenge for Cherry’s handlers (über–stage mother; horndog record producer; nipped, tucked, and Botoxed twin publicists; weed whacker–wielding bodyguard) is to rescue Ann while keeping her existence a secret.The situation is more complicated than they know. Ann has had a bewitching encounter with Skink—the unhinged former governor of Florida living wild in a mangrove swamp—and now he’s heading for Miami to find her . . .

One Hot Mess by Lois Greiman

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In southern California it’s raining crime—and psychologist Christina McMullen could use an umbrella. Her clients are crazy, her on-again-off-again relationship with LAPD lieutenant Jack Rivera has just started heating up again, and now Rivera’s womanizing dad has come calling—asking Chrissy to investigate a mysterious death that might haunt his next campaign: for president of the United States. Soon Chrissy is investigating not one “accidental” death, but two—until she stumbles on a trail of bodies littering Senator Rivera’s distinguished career. As she untangles a web of high-stakes lies, Chrissy believes that she’s found the secret to a serial killer’s underground campaign. The killer has a list, a motive, and the perfect disguise—the only question is: who’s next?

 Body Movers by Stephanie Bond

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Carlotta Wren’s life hasn’t turned out as she’d planned. She didn’t plan for her parents to skip bail for a white-collar crime, leaving her to raise her younger brother. She didn’t plan on having the silver spoon ripped out of her mouth and forgoing college to work retail. She didn’t plan on her blue-blood fiance dumping. But she’s coping, sort of. Until her lovable brother is arrested and his loan sharks come calling; the hunky cop who arrested her brother reopens her parents’ case; her brother becomes a body mover, transporting corpses from crime scenes; her former fiance ‘s wife is murdered, fingering Carlotta; her brother’s sexy boss draws her into the bizarre world of body moving. Suddenly Carlotta realizes that she has to bag a murderer to keep her from being next on the list!

About Ainsley

Ainsley Sparkes is an avid reader and knitter. She feels that once she learns to knit and read simultaneously she’ll be unstoppable. A life-long love of books has led her to this position as Online Marketing Coordinator at Random House of Canada. But who knows, her recently reignited interest in mystery novels may convince her to give it all up to become a detective. You should follow Ainsley on Twitter here @RandomHouseCA. or here @AinsleySparkes.

3 Responses to “6 Hilarious Mystery Novels”

  1. robyn says:

    i love the flavia de luce series by alan bradley. and, sometimes, there’s some humor in the aloysius pendergast series by child and preston (the earlier ones, especially). i, too, love the vish puri series and found something comparable this year. inspector singh investigates by shamini flint, funny and not too complex.

  2. Elizabeth Moon says:

    This is old and not in print that I know of, but Margery Allingham’s _The Estate of the Beckoning Lady_ is my favorite funny mystery. Among its other delights, it has the best “invented for this story” musical instrument, the best tax mixup, the best gently wicked description of a certain kind of artist, and…several other bests. It hits all my bells and blows the whistle.

    But I haven’t read those you mention and will take a look–because the right humor for a reader adds a lot to a mystery.


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